Africa Center of Excellence for Water Management (ACEWM)


The Africa Center of Excellence for Water Management (ACEWM) is a regional Center for Eastern and Southern Africa for postgraduate education, research and public engagement in water management. ACEWM was established in 2016 and hosted under the Addis Ababa University (AAU). The most important rationale for establishing ACEWM is the need for development of highly skilled human resource capable of handling more complex water management problems in a holistic, integrative and transformative approach. This includes teaching, innovative research, internships, on job technical training and community outreach programs using broad-based partnership approach. The establishment of the Center focus on addressing specific development challenges in the region through graduate training in Master’s, PhD, and short-term courses and applied research in the form of partnerships and collaborations with other institutions and the private sector.


The Mission of ACEWM is to enhance the quality of life by ensuring water security for all by providing necessary teaching, research and development inputs, with particular emphasis on the tropical region of Eastern and Southern African Countries.


The Vision of ACEWM is to be a leading teaching and research center of excellence in facilitating equitable and sustainable development and use of water resources for poverty alleviation, socioeconomic development, regional cooperation and the environment in Africa.

Core Values

As part and parcel of AAU, ACEWM adheres to the following core values identified by AAU:

  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Academic freedom
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Inclusiveness

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